Bono Biography

(Lead Vocalist and Primary Lyricist of The Rock Band 'U2')

Birthday: May 10, 1960 (Taurus)

Born In: Dublin, Ireland

Paul David Hewson, nicknamed Bono, is one of the most eminent singers and musicians of Irish origin and is best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band, U2. Passionate about singing from a very young age, Bono has emerged as one of the greatest rock vocalists of the 20th century. Soon after he joined the band, U2, he catapulted to fame with his stand-out lyrics based on religious and spiritual themes. The release of the 1987 album, ‘The Joshua Tree’ triggered widespread international acclaim and has promulgated a series of hits ever since. His 2004 album, ‘How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb’ was his magnum opus and made him the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. However, he did not restrict himself to music only as he was one of the very few celebrities to use his popularity to create awareness regarding various social issues. He was involved in a number of humanitarian efforts in Africa and co-founded various organizations including, DATA, EDUN, the ONE Campaign, and Product Red. For his philanthropic works, he received widespread recognition and became the only rock musician to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and was conferred an honorary knighthood. Scroll further to learn more about this interesting personality.

Quick Facts

Also Known As: Paul David Hewson

Age: 63 Years, 63 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Ali Hewson (m. 1982)

father: Brendan Robert Hewson

mother: Iris Hewson

siblings: Norman Hewson

children: Elijah Hewson, Eve Hewson, John Hewson, Jordan Hewson

Born Country: Ireland

Quotes By Bono Musicians

Height: 1.68 m

City: Dublin, Ireland

Childhood & Early Life

Bono was born to Brendon Robert Hewson and Iris on May 10, 1960, in Dublin, Ireland. He and his younger brother were raised in the Northside suburb of Finglas and the duo regularly attended the Church of Ireland services with their mother.

In October 1976, when he was in High School, he joined the band U2, where his peers gave him the nickname, ‘Bono Vox’, meaning ‘good voice’.

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After joining the band, soon he was made the lead vocalist for U2, and the band started touring and released its first album, ‘Boy’ in 1980.

In 1987, after releasing a number of albums, they finally gained international acclaim with their sixth album, ‘The Joshua Tree’. Their subsequent albums, which included ‘Achtung Baby’, ‘Zooropa’, and ‘Pop’, left an indelible mark on the hearts of music lovers.

The 2000s witnessed his return to the genre of modern rock with the album, ‘All That You Can't Leave Behind’.

The 2004 album ‘How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb’ brought the band both commercial success and critical acclaim; its leading singles ‘Vertigo’ and ‘Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own’ reached the Billboard countdown and also won the band several Grammy Awards.

In 2005, along with his wife, Ali Hewson, he established ‘EDUN’, a mission to substitute "sustainable employment in developing areas of the world, particularly Africa”.

An ardent social activist, he used his music to convey philanthropic messages. On one such occasion in 2006, he collaborated with the band, ‘Green Day’ to record a cover of the Skids, ‘The Saints Are Coming’ as a part of the relief efforts in the wake of the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina.

In March 2009, the band released ‘No Line on the Horizon’, which topped the American charts, and the singles from the album such as, ‘Get On Your Boots’ and ‘Magnificent’ featured in the top 10 list.

In 2014, the band put out their thirteenth studio album ‘Songs of Innocence.’ The album received mostly positive reviews and peaked at number 9 on the ‘US Billboard 200’ while reaching number 6 on the ‘UK Albums Chart.’

U2 went on to release their fourteenth album ‘Songs of Experience’ in December 2017. While the album received a mixed response from critics, it topped several album charts including the ‘US Top Rock Albums,’ ‘US Billboard 200,’ and ‘Portuguese Albums.’

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In March 2023, they released the album ‘Songs of Surrender’ which contained the re-recorded version of some of their old songs. The album received mixed reviews from critics.

Apart from his musical career, he met various world leaders and discussed various issues such as debt relief for developing countries, world poverty, and AIDS.

Major Works

‘War’, his third studio album, released on 28 February 1983, was considered the band’s first political album. It received great critical acclaim and was ranked #1 in the UK and #12 on the Billboard charts in the U.S.

‘All That You Can't Leave Behind’, a studio album, released on 30 October 2000 won him and the band great critical acclaim. The album sold over 12 million copies and the album won a total of seven Grammy Awards.

Awards & Achievements

In 2005, he was included in the list of ‘Time magazine's Persons of the Year’ along with Bill and Melinda Gates for his outstanding contribution to charitable work and public service.

An Honorary Knighthood of the British Empire was bestowed upon him in 2007.

Personal Life & Legacy

Bono married Alison Hewson in August 1982. The couple have two daughters, Jordan and Memphis Eve, and two sons, Elijah and John Abraham.

In May 2010, he suffered a spinal injury during the course of preparations for the U2 tour and underwent neurosurgery for the same.


‘Bono Vox’, this artist’s stage name, was based on a hearing aid retailer which is of the same name. Bono Vox is the Latin name for ‘good voice’.

He is the only rock musician who was nominated for an Oscar, a Grammy, a Golden Globe, and the Nobel Peace Prize.

This singer’s silhouette is used as the icon for the ‘Artists’ tab of the music component in iPhone and iPod Touch.


Golden Globe Awards
2014 Best Original Song - Motion Picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
2003 Best Original Song - Motion Picture Gangs of New York (2002)
Grammy Awards
2006 Song of the Year Winner
2006 Best Rock Album Winner
2006 Album of the Year Winner
2006 Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group Winner
2006 Best Rock Song Winner
2005 Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group Winner
2005 Best Short Form Music Video U2: Vertigo (2004)
2005 Best Rock Song Winner
2002 Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group Winner
2002 Record of the Year Winner
2002 Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Winner
2002 Best Rock Album Winner
2001 Record of the Year Winner
2001 Song of the Year Winner
2001 Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Winner
1995 Best Music Video - Long Form U2: Zoo TV Live from Sydney (1994)
1994 Best Alternative Music Album Winner
1993 Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Winner
1989 Best Performance Music Video Winner
1989 Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Winner
1988 Album of the Year Winner
1988 Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Winner
ASCAP Film And Television Music Awards
1996 Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures Batman Forever (1995)
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